In the 18th match of the 13th season of IPL, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) defeated Kings XI Punjab by 10 wickets. For the first time in the season, a team has won the match by chasing in Dubai. Earlier there were 7 matches on this ground, in which only the team batting first won. The match saw an unbeaten 181-run partnership between Chennai opener Shane Watson (83) and Faf du Plessis (87). This is the biggest partnership for the first wicket for Chennai.
Earlier, Mike Hussey and Murali Vijay had a 159-run opening partnership for Chennai against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in 2011. Watson was awarded man of the match for the match-winning innings of 83* off 53 deliveries.
Watson’s 20th and Du Plessis’s 15th Fifty
Faf du Plessis made his 15th IPL fifty and Watson’s 20th fifty in IPL. Faf du Plessis scored an unbeaten 87 off 53 balls. He hit 11 fours and a six in his innings. At the same time, Watson also played an unbeaten 83 runs facing 53 balls. During this, he hit 11 fours and 3 sixes.
Chennai’s Second Win in The Season
CSK has played 5 matches so far in the season. Chennai had defeated Mumbai Indians in the opening match of the season. After this, Chennai had to face defeat in 3 consecutive matches. Chennai has 4 points with a second win in the tournament.
100 Catches for MS Dhoni in IPL
Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has named another record. He has become the second wicketkeeper to have 100 catches in the IPL. He made this achievement as soon as he caught Punjab’s captain Rahul during the match. Just ahead of Dhoni, Kolkata captain Dinesh Karthik has a record of 103 catches in IPL.
KL Rahul’s 18th Fifty in IPL
Punjab scored 178 runs losing 4 wickets. Captain Lokesh Rahul scored the highest 63 off 52 deliveries and Nicholas Pooran scored 33 off 17 balls. This is the 18th fifty of Rahul in the league. Apart from these, Mandeep Singh played a quick inning of 27 off 16 balls and Mayank Agarwal also scored 26 runs off 19 balls.
Pooran and Rahul Back to Pavilion on Consecutive Balls
Shardul Thakur took 2 wickets for Chennai, while Ravindra Jadeja and Piyush Chawla got 1-1 wickets. Shardul dismissed KL Rahul and Nicholas Pooran for 2 consecutive deliveries. Nicholas Pooran was caught by Jadeja and then Rahul by Dhoni of Shardul’s 2 consecutive deliveries. Earlier, Jadeja hunted Mandeep caught by Ambati Rayudu. At the same time, Mayank was caught on Piyush Chawla’s ball by Sam Curran. There was a 61-run opening partnership between Mayank and Rahul.
3 Changes in Punjab’s Playing Eleven
Kings XI Punjab captain KL Rahul made three changes in the team. Karun Nair, Krishnappa Gautham and Jimmy Neesham were dropped. Mandeep Singh, Harpreet Brar and Chris Jordan replaced him in the playing eleven. There was no change in the Chennai team.
Foreign Players in Both Teams
CSK featured foreign players Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo and Sam Curran. While Punjab’s playing XI has foreign players like Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Chris Jordan and Sheldon Cottrell.
Man of the Match
Shane Watson awarded Man of the Match for his sensational knock of 83* off 53 deliveries with the help of 11 fours and 3 sixes. Watson also forms highest opening partnership of 181 runs with Faf du Plessis for Chennai.
Kings XI Punjab
KL Rahul (c/wk), M Agarwal, M Singh, N Pooran, G Maxwell, S Khan, C Jordan, H Brar, R Bishnoi, M Shami, S Cottrell
Chennai Super Kings
S Watson, F du Plessis, A Rayudu, K Jadhav, MS Dhoni (c/wk), R Jadeja, S Curran, DJ Bravo, D Chahar, P Chawla, S Thakur